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Champion-elect Pat Smullen brought up his century at Gowran Park. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Champion-elect Pat Smullen brought up his century at Gowran Park. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

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Champion-elect Pat Smullen brought up his century at Gowran Park. Photo: Barry Cregg / SPORTSFILE

Pat Smullen reached 100 winners in a season for the first time with a double at Gowran Park highlighted by the victory of Brooch in the featured Denny Cordell Lavarack & Lanwades Stud Fillies Stakes.

Joseph O'Brien set out to make every yard on the Ralph Beckett-trained Regardez, getting serious off the turn.

But Brooch, which had been in close attendance from the off, made it three almost in a line a furlong out, with Akira on the far rail, and just got the better of the argument close home to score by half a length. Odeliz was third for Karl Burke.

Unraced at two and successful in a Listed race at Killarney last time out, having had her first start at the Galway Festival, Dermot Weld's 11/8 favourite was taking her unbeaten record to three in claiming Group Three honours.

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Celebrating his landmark winner, champion jockey-elect Smullen said: "It's probably more a personal thing than anything. It's not an easy achievement in Ireland.

"It's down to the power of the Dermot Weld stable, a good agent and support from a lot of trainers. It's a good achievement and I'm delighted with it."

Weld said: "That's wonderful. It's Pat's 100th winner of the season and my 15th Group winner this season.

"She has progressed nicely through the ranks, winning her maiden then a Listed race and now a Group race. I imagine that will probably be it for the year. She could develop into a Group One filly next year. The two English fillies she beat have been running at the top level."

Smullen had moved to within one of the century when Intransive made previous experience count in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund (C & G) Maiden in the same colours as Brooch.

Given a fine front-running ride, the 9/2 chance was still moving strongly at the head of affairs straightening for home and in the end did it quite nicely, scoring by two lengths from Aloft.

"He's had three runs, so I'll speak to Lord Grimthorpe (owner Khalid Abdullah's racing manager) and see whether he will run again," Weld said:

Together Forever got off the mark at the fourth time of asking with a straightforward success in the Irish Stallion Farms European Breeders Fund Fillies Maiden. The Aidan O'Brien-trained juvenile hit the front just over two furlongs out and soon put the race to bed, coming five lengths clear of Rivers Of Babylon.

The victory was another boost for Jessica Harrington's Jack Naylor, which had Together Forever back in third in a Listed race at the Curragh.

O'Brien said: "We won't overdo her. If the ground stays good she might run again, but if it doesn't she'll be left off."

O'Brien's son Donnacha enjoyed his first success when Quartz struck at Dundalk earlier in the month and the pair repeated the trick in the gowranpark.ie Rated Race.

O'Brien senior said of the 3/1 joint-favourite: "He quickened up well and looked like he would get further. He could go for a Listed race at Curragh over a mile and a half."

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